March 3, 2024

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“Panchvaktra Temple Emerges from Beas River: Faith and Devotion Unyielding Amidst Challenging Surroundings”

Three days later, the mighty Beas River unveiled the Panchvaktra Temple, a 16th-century marvel, built on the banks of the river. When the people caught a glimpse of this sacred temple, their faith and devotion towards their revered deities grew stronger. Despite its significance as a 16th-century gem in Chhoti Kashi (Little Kashi), the temple has been surrounded by silt and mud from all sides in the present day.

Following heavy rainfall, the powerful currents of the Beas River submerged the ancient Panchvaktra Temple. However, after three days, on a Tuesday, the temple resurfaced from the water, much to the delight of its worshipers. Although the temple now finds itself engulfed by silt and mud, the doors remained sealed, revealing only the majestic horns of the Nandi bull. The inner sanctum of the temple has been completely filled with silt. Furthermore, reaching the temple has become a daunting task as the bridge leading to it was washed away by the forceful flow of the Beas River.

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Local people firmly believe that this temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva in the holy city of Mandi, holds great significance in their faith. Well-known residents like D.N. Kapoor and Narendra Saini emphasize that despite enduring the relentless force of the Beas River, this temple remains secure, serving as tangible evidence of Lord Shiva’s divine presence. It’s worth noting that the ancient Panchvaktra Temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, stands proudly at the confluence of the Sutlej and Beas rivers. Raja Ajabar Sen commissioned its construction in the first half of the 16th century. The temple stands elevated on a grand platform, exuding an exquisite architectural charm reminiscent of the Bhutanath and Trilokinath temples.

Despite being stranded amidst the flooded region, the dedicated police personnel successfully rescued countless stranded tourists. The police cleared a path through the first tunnel from Thalout, allowing light vehicles to proceed safely via the Pandoh Chailchowk route. For those individuals and vehicles trapped in places like Nagwain, Jhedi, and Panarsa, a well-coordinated rescue operation, under the guidance of the competent Kataula command, ensured their safe evacuation.